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Trustees approve purchase of new plow truck for township

January 16, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield Township approved the purchase of a new truck to replace an old township plow truck that is over 10 years old. That truck has required a lot of replacement parts and maintenance and is not fully reliable with the winter season in full swing.

Township Administrator Keith Rogers said he got three bids for a new Ford F-250 Super Duty truck. Valley Ford out of Cleveland submitted a price of $40,872.63, Fred Martin Ford from Austintown submitted $35,983.50, and Fairway Ford's price was $29,763.50.

"If we were to go with state purchasing, it would take eight weeks to get the truck," Rogers said. "Since it is used heavily during the winter, we need it now."

Whichever truck was chosen, there would be an additional fee of $8,152.15 for the plow and equipment, which would be provide from Myers Equipment.

With the lower price, Fairway was approved for the purchase and Rogers said they were going to give the township $4,000 for the old truck. Rogers added Fairway has a red F-250 on the lot ready to go.

The issue of financing the truck was brought up by Township Fiscal Officer Carmen Heasley.

"We can't get a loan using taxpayer's money," she said. "We can get a lease to purchase."

Trustees agreed to go that route and get the truck as soon as possible.

Also discussed at the meeting was going after grant funds to widen Summit Road to Mahoning County standards. With development in that area and the increased traffic flow, the road needs to be widened.

"The road is 18 feet, 8 inches wide and there has already been an accident with a school bus recently," Rogers said.

He told trustees it would run around $30,000 for the project and the township would have to put up 10 percent or $3,000. All three trustees agreed to go after the funding.

In other business:

The following positions were filled during an organizational meeting held prior to the regular meeting: Joe Paloski was elected chairman and Brian Governor as vice chair, Governor was appointed union liaison and as representative to the Bureau of Workers Comp, Marie Cartwright was appointed as township representative on the Cardinal Joint Fire District Board, and Paloski was appointed to the District Board of Health Advisory Council with Governor serving as alternative.

Trustees appointed Ken Zuzic to the zoning commission and Nikenj Patel as township resident on the Cardinal Joint Fire District Board.

Trustees set the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. for the regular township meetings.



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